Mitsuhiko “Mike” Yamashita, executive vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (NML)

Mit’suhiko “Mike” Yamashita is executive vice president for Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (NML), supervising the company’s research, technology and engineering functions. We talked about Nissan bringing a conventional gasoline engine out that gets over 80 mpg. How will Nissan make hybrids that are financially feasible? Will they reach their “2010”goal of bringing out an electric vehicle that can be recharged on a domestic standard electrical outlet? Has Nissan found any breakthroughs in fuel cells and where are they in Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition(HCCI) technology?

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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.

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